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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop in NY
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC, Hosted by Storm King School
Department/Unit: 314 Mountain Road
City: Cornwall-on-Hudson
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction is for high school teachers of chemistry and related subjects, for individuals preparing to teach, and college faculty nationwide. Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight Science & Engineering Practices in the NGSS.

Leader: Lisa Chedid
Content: first semester chemistry
Prerequisite:   One semester of college-level algebra-based chemistry.

Questions to Paul is Science Dept. Chair at Storm King School.

Modeling Instruction focuses on key selected chemistry models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability.

Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. We have found that three weeks of full-day workshops are the minimum exposure teachers need to feel comfortable implementing Modeling Instruction pedagogy in their own classes.

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry method of teaching chemistry and, at the same time, improve their content knowledge.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.
5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

The main objective of the Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and already available in most chemistry classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

Graduate credits are available at additional cost.

To learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA)
Visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 07/10/2017
End Date: 07/21/2017
Duration: 2 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 07/02/2017
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $750 (includes one-year membership in AMTA)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit - extra cost
Other Prerequisites: One semester of college-level chemistry, at minimum.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
245 West 107 Street
Suite 10B
New York, NY 10025